The CCSRC is dedicated to encouraging, supporting and developing scientific inquiry and discovery through individual and team science projects conducted by elementary, middle and high school students. We believe that students are the foundation of our nation's future. Their understanding and accomplishments in science and technology will prepare them to become the leaders of tomorrow and successful citizens in our technologically advancing society.
The CCSRC consists of two fairs:
- The Dr. Lucy Balian Rorke-Adams Fair for grades 6-12, currently scheduled for Tuesday, March 7, 2023
- The Dr. Jonas Salk Fair for grades 4-5, currently scheduled for Wednesday, March 8, 2023
Both fairs will be held at The Parkesburg Point Youth Center located in Parkesburg, PA.
In order for students to participate in the CCSRC, they must work with their school's trained science fair coordinator, preferably beginning in late October or early November. To find out if your school has a trained coordinator, please contact Kathy Gurnee at KathyG@cciu.org.
Become A Science Fair Judge
Help support and encourage Chester County's future scientists by becoming a judge for the Science Research Competition! The fair details and timelines are as follows:
- Lucy Balian Rorke-Adams Fair (grades 6-12)
- Preliminary review of assigned projects: 2/28–3/6/23
- Live interviews conducted on Fair Day: 3/7/23
- Awards Ceremony and DVSF Meeting: 3/22/23
- Jonas Salk Fair (grades 4-5)
- Preliminary review of assigned projects: 2/28 – 3/7/23
- Live interviews conducted on Fair Day: 3/8/23
Registration details will be provided in November.
October 3, 2022
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM Science Fair Coordinator Meeting #1 - Veteran Coordinators
October 6, 2022
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM Science Fair Coordinator Meeting #2 - New Coordinators
October 11, 2022
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Science Fair Coordinator Meeting #3 - Veteran Coordinators
October 12, 2022
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Science Fair Coordinator Meeting #4 - New Coordinators
- The Chester County Science Research Competition sponsored by the Chester County Intermediate Unit provides an opportunity for students to pursue inquiry-based science through problem-solving, planning and conducting research investigations, and using appropriate tools to gather and analyze data.
- Inquiry-based science is an integral part of science education. Students doing experimental research exemplify the true nature of science. It is our belief that participation in the CCSRC both compliments and better prepares students to take the high-stakes Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) in science education.
- Through the utilization of the rules established by Science Service for the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair, we provide a safe and flexible learning environment that promotes creativity, investigation and critical thinking.
- The Chester County Science Research Competition also provides an opportunity for students to present their projects to professional adults and scientists as they communicate the results of their investigations at the local, regional, national and international levels.
- Specifically, the CCSRC recognizes and honors participating students from all Chester County schools at an annual regional science fair. We also provide an opportunity for finalists from the Chester County Science Research Competition to compete at the Delaware Valley Science Fairs (DVSF). For those students who are successful at the DVSF, a trip awaits to the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).
- It is our belief that the Chester County Science Research Competition and its affiliated fairs encourage students to pursue careers in science, technology, mathematics, and/or engineering by providing a forum for developing academic skills, conducting independent scientific investigations, writing research papers, speaking, preparing an organized display, and utilizing the scientific method.
Behavioral and Social Sciences
Earth & Space Sciences
Medicine & Health
Students are judged in up to 15 categories within six divisions:
- Division A - 12th grade students
- Division B - 11th grade students
- Division C - 10th grade students
- Division D - 9th grade students
- Division E - 6th, 7th, & 8th grade students
- Division F - 4th & 5th grade students